◎ 演出簡介 Introduction
Mobile theatre “Wu Song Kills His Sister-In-Law” expanded playbill
Performance tailored for the Xinying Cultural Center venue
Pan Jinlian married Wu Song’s brother Wu Dalang. She later runs into Wu Song and meets the merchant Ximen Qing. Pan Jinlian is tricked by her neighbor Granny Wang and goes from sewing clothes as a part-time job to inexplicably having an affair and poisoning her husband. Pan Jinlian is later decapitated by Wu Song as punishment, her name forever blackened. If one is reviled for a millennium because of what one has done, there must be a conspiracy somewhere.
It is up to the audience to choose from what chapter performance will begin. The theater has been divided into several small rooms, with connecting doors only opening when the stated conditions are met. For example, some doors only open when there are enough people in the room, others are the opposite. Some only open to straight men, others only to women.
Inside each room is a viewpoint, a story, a private emotion that grabs your innermost being. Every door you encounter follows from the stories you approve and from those you give your attention.
At the very end, how can you continue to believe that all the story’s actors are innocent? You are invited to attend this thousand-year public trial which turns into a lynching and to witness the profound impact of era-driven beliefs and prejudice. The truth is in front of our eyes, but we are betrayed by perspective. Repeating only what others have said, where is there justice in that? Justice, it seems, comes down to who has the final say.
◎ 製作團隊 Production Team
Po You Set
In July of 2007, Po You Set decided to become a member of the world of Taiwan theatre. We arrived with the intent of embracing and passing on traditions while developing and innovating our own ideas, as well as studying how to be inclusive of both Eastern and Western traditions. We also arrived with the questions: How should we go about achieving these goals? Is it even possible to do so?
Taiwan is a very unique place. Due to both its geographic and political factors, it offers a melting pot of diverse cultures. Yet exactly because of this, we face a dilemma. Almost every culture can be found in Taiwan, but none of them our own. The question is then: How do we develop a culture which can be called our own? This is the biggest problem facing us. It is here that Po Yo Set has focused its energies, the goal towards which we are continuously striving.
Active in the industry for over 13 years, Po You Set holds itself to be a comprehensive performing arts platform. Not limiting itself to one genre, we have absorbed elements from Chinese Opera, Quyi, as well as Western and Eastern dramas. Our true goal is to be able to complete the process of inheriting older traditions and innovating new ones, while integrating regionality and nationality to develop our own cultural outlook, as well as our own drama type and performance systems. China has Beijing Opera, the US has musicals, Japan has Noh and Kabuki. Can we therefore find a performance medium that belongs solely to Taiwan? In a land in which foreign cultural streams flow in abundance, can we look to the land at our feet and, from it, find homegrown methods and techniques with which to tell a story or put on a performance? This is our pursuit and our destination.
Lead Actress｜Huang Yu-lin
Lead Actor｜Wang Chen-hua
Stage Manager｜Kuan Chia-ju
Associate Producer｜Kuo Pin-wen
Lighting Design｜Wu Ting-ching
Music Design｜Ling Bei Koe
Hair&Make-up Design｜Wu Miao-fang
Performer｜Hsu Po-an, Wang Chen-hua, Tseng Kuan-tung, Chen Yin-chuen, Chang Yu-ting
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